The New York Times features the Shanghai Tower in a discussion of Chinese towers and their relationship to greater Chinese economic issues. Falling property prices and an over-supply of projects has sparked concerns about filling new towers.
Situations vary city-to-city, the article notes. But a flurry of construction has created issues for the Chinese economy, author Bettina Wassener writes:
“The current problems are twofold. Property prices have fallen in many cities since Beijing sought to cool a red-hot market in 2010 by imposing higher down-payment requirements, among other measures. At the same time, many analysts worry that a flood of investment into the sector in recent years could leave some developers holding empty properties, and lenders saddled with bad debts.”
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